odoriferous

Something that's odoriferous carries a smell. When you hear someone use the word odoriferous, just hope they're not referring to your breath or armpits.

Odoriferous is made up of the word odor, meaning smell and the Latin ferre meaning "to carry." Something that's odoriferous certainly carries a smell whether it's onions or roses or a pile of dog poop. Odoriferous has a less well-known second meaning; something that does not take your morals into consideration can also be odoriferous, or morally offensive. Many people consider animal testing odoriferous because of the harm it does to animals. They might call it odoriferous, or they might say it just plain stinks.

Definitions of odoriferous
  1. adjective
    emitting an odor
    synonyms: odorous
    ill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling
    having an unpleasant smell
  2. adjective
    having a natural fragrance
    odoriferous spices”
    synonyms: odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling
    fragrant
    pleasant-smelling
  3. adjective
    morally offensive
    odoriferous legislation”
    Synonyms:
    offensive, unsavory, unsavoury
    morally offensive
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